ASEAN Defense Ministers Meet as South China Sea Dispute Continues -- NTDTV
On the second day of the ASEAN Defense Ministers' meeting in Phnom Penh, Asia's defense ministers worked on resolving the South China Sea dispute. This comes during an ongoing dispute between China and the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal, known in Chinese as Huangyan Island. At the meeting, Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said he met with China's Defense Minister, who is on an official visit to Cambodia, on Monday. [Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine Defense Secretary]: "Well, the reaction of the Chinese Defense Minister was a welcome gesture because I sat down with him and talked about the issues concerning both countries and, like I said, we agreed on three points -- to restrain our action, to restraint our statement so that it stops escalating and then we then continue to open lines of communication until we come up with a peaceful resolution to the case." In a month-long standoff between China and the Philippines over the disputed shoal, the Chinese regime has deployed patrol vessels from its expanding fleet of paramilitary ships. Scarborough Shoal is believed to be rich in natural resources. The South China Sea is an important sea route with about two-thirds of shipping transits running through it.
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